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Very well researched and written. I'm all for the growth of this aspect of the industry.
But we need to address the insane unfairness too. Did you know that if you own a bar,you cannot get a brewery license unless every location you own does the same?
We at the anc/xyz/ontario group were forbidden to create a brewery in Collinwood because of this. If sure appreciate those in the brewery business to help rid the state of this ludicrous problem.
Great article, thanks for the detailed information! Comparing Ohio (7th largest state) to Vermont (49th) is ludicrous though.
Platform may have it's issues but I never walk into the beer store and think to myself "I wonder what Great Lakes has out now? Or Fatheads, etc...". The big guys all make quality beer but its always the same old stuff. Platform's kettle sour series has been one excellent beer after another. The selections on tap at the taproom are always interesting and usually quite good. I simply cant get the variety of styles in any other local brewery.
Before Platform existed I would have to buy beer from around the country to get anything even slightly interesting. I understand consumers want the same thing over and over, but I sure don't. Fatheads, GLBC, Market Garden, et al have their place but I rarely bring any home.
I was afraid that Shaun's departure meant the end of good beer at Platform but they still manage to put out excellent offerings. I'm very excited to try Shaun's new place.
I agree with Beer Novice above. The middle paragraphs of the article seem to be a hit piece against Platform. Why? Let them develop their own business model and various experimental brews. I love GLBC brews, their consistency, bar atmosphere, etc., but that doesn't mean that I can't or shouldn't love the product and bar atmosphere at Platform. Let the market dictate whether Platform is a huge success or not. I think Platform hosts fun events and creates a lot of different brews that I like to drink and try-out on a regular basis. Wasn't that part of the point of the whole microbrewing revolution in the first place--having quality, more local beer that wasn't mass-produced swill? More power to Platform and ALL the local brewers, I say.
Daniel, I agree with you as a resident of Brecksville, and have discussed this many times. However, I feel this area's proximity to downtown via I-77 is both a blessing and a curse. If we can get downtown wth ease in 10-15 minutes, there's little demand for a brewpub here sadly.
I think there is an opportunity here in the South suburbs, Independence, Brecksville, Broadview Hts as ,to my great disappointment, we have no Brewpubs!
Personally I hope they all succeed. Experimentation , quality and marketing are all a part of the fabric capitalism. All of these breweries have brewed awful beers and it's only through personal opinion that a consumer finds a "favorite" beer. Not one of these breweries intends to produce a bad beer for their customer.
My problem is the author of this article needs to go back to school and learn to match subject with title. I was marketed a discussion about micro-brew saturation and ended up reading a hatchet job on Platform breweries business model. If we are honest about market saturation, I think it needs to be brought to attention how Sam Mcnulty bought W.25 St and turned it into the "red light district" of breweries. More power to him but if your going to write about a bubble then stick to the subject because I didn't get the "quality" I was marketed on the can. Ironic
"The craft beer buyer would rather buy something that they've never tried than their favorite beer."
And this is why Platform will never brew my favorite beer; the brewing inconsistencies and downright errors in Speed Merchant over the past 2 years have, literally and figuratively, left a bad taste in my mouth. I like to buy something I've never tried before if it's from a brewery I trust; Platform is not one of those, and based on their management's intentions, never will be.
That's interesting. Doesn't Sam own Bier Market (which does not brew beer) as well as MG and Nano? If the law you mentioned is true, I wonder how that arrangement is different than the one you described.
Really awesome article.
This was an outstanding article. Thank you. Here is the biggest reason why the growth of brew pubs is limited: it is illegal for a bar owner to open any form of brew pub unless each and every bar they own is a brewery too. For example, we own the ABC/XYZ/ONTARIO group and wanted to open a nabo brewery in Collinwood. It was forbidden unless all of our places did the same.
Craft beer is huge and our local brewers are outstanding. We are forbidden to join them.
That is not a bubble. It's a crime.
GLBC is a sort of sentinel for Cleveland--it's cozy, has a consistent fleet, but doesn't strike me as a brewery that takes big risks with their offerings. There's variety at the pub, but if I visit, it's for the signature beers. For my money Platform has not yet found its Dortmunder, but it's incredibly nimble and they make some of the best sours I've ever had. The Disco Godfather and Peach Spreader are two of my favorite locally brewed beers. In some ways it's like any other industry--the means of production, marketing, and distribution have become more and more accessible, and so (as with the film, music, theater, and any other craft industry in Cleveland) everyone whose creativity matches their ambition and work ethic wants to toss their hat in the ring. I hope Platform continues to surprise but also find a signature--by the same token, I hope GLBC remains a staple of Ohio City but also starts taking bigger risks with their flavor profiles.
Platform's ego and business model will make them fail. Pride comes before the fall. Nothing wrong with trying to reinvent the wheel but don't forget it's still a wheel. GLBC will and forever be a staple it doesn't mean other companies won't challenge them but the will still be at the top. Platform and most others in 10 years will be sold or closed. MG and GLBC aren't going anywhere.
"I think there will always be room for the neighborhood brewpub," McNulty told Scene in a recent interview at Nano Brew.
The neighborhood brewpub makes sense to me but the push among all these brands to get on store shelves is puzzling. Just so much competition.
I am an Ohio City resident who is doing his best to support all of our breweries. In my fridge at home are bottles from Great Lakes and Market Garden (love the Ohio City Stout and Wallace Tavern Ale), and cans from Platform (love the Lawlessness Porter and the Paul Cider). And I have spent several nice evenings recently sitting at the bar at Hansa Brewing, as well as Nano Brew, Market Garden, Platform and GLBC. It is nice to have choices and I am looking forward to trying Saucy Brew as well.
95% of the beer to be sold in the new Cincinnati brewpub opening in the old Weenie a Go Go will come from Cincinnati. My father always told me to drink the local beer, and Cincy ain't local. So they will have to survive on overflow from the local guys.
Beer bubble in Ohio City? Not as long as I'm still able to hoist a pint.
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Pretty suspicious behavior from Dan Dreifort. A woman is dead while he is "living the high life" as an internet troll. What is he and his sister Deborah Dreifort hiding about this murder?
gawd listen to these idiot "fans" criticize nate like they actually know what the morale in the lockerroom was like. you all sound so bitter about your miserable cleveland lives. oh my he makes 300,000 a year so how canhe possibly have a bad word to say about a failure of a coach and motivator and leader of men in eric mangina.....pathetic posters.....go back to your miserable broke lives
And here we are seven years later and Horizon Corp has disappeared.
They moved their big sports center and changed the name to Spire, putting it on safe ground in Geneva.
I hope the new waterpark that is planned for Fairport is not going to be on this site.
And here we are seven years later. Horizon corp. has done nothing more with this project. They relocated the sports center and renamed it to Spire and put it on safe ground in Geneva.
I hope the plan for the new waterpark is not planned for this site.
Cleveland can only rely on so many beer/whiskey, pastry and restaurant startups to employ all of those out of work. We need lucrative businesses, or tax incentives, in order to get things going around here.
RNC and Cavs championship do not a successful city make.
Council members, instead of acting like they work in D.C., should take care of their own instead of constantly giving the infamous "It is what it is" answer.
Or what about led in the water? Not seeing many follow-ups on that one either. Perhaps it's time these goons go talk to Pittsburgha city that kept its head above water and flourished in the process. Nobody respects this city; still the butt of jokes, quite literally. Comedians don't even like coming here, so I've heard a few big names say. Columbus is the place to be right now. Cuyahoga County and surrounding areas is a tragedy.
February 15-21, 2017
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